Common Interview Questions

General

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Walk me through your résumé.
  • What is it about XYZ Corporation that attracted you?
  • Describe what is it about the position that prompted you to apply.
  • Describe your experience at the Cooper Union. Tell me what it is like to be a student there.
  • If I spoke to your last boss, how would they describe your work style?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Describe your ideal working environment.
  • What are your goals, both short and long term?
  • Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Tell me about your previous work experience.
  • How do you define success?
  • What motivates you to succeed or do your best?
  • What, do you feel, separates you from other candidates?
  • What qualities do you have that would be helpful on this job?
  • Is there anything important that you haven't had a chance to tell me about?
  • What salary are you seeking?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

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Behavioral-based

  • Name a time when you were happiest at what you were doing.
  • Describe your most successful teamwork experience. Explain what role you played on this team.
  • Tell me about a time when you were working with someone who wasn't pulling their weight. How did you deal with this person?
  • Describe a time when you were working with harsh deadlines.
  • Describe a time in which your teammate or supervisor had a different set of values from you. How did you handle this situation?
  • Tell me about a time when you failed. What was it like for you and how did you recover?

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Questions to Ask the Interviewer

  • Describe a typical day on the job, if there is one.
  • What kinds of assignments/projects might I expect in the first 6 months on the job?
  • In what ways does your organization encourage professional development?
  • What do you like the most about working for your company?
  • How would you describe the company or organization culture?
  • What qualities are you looking for in a candidate who fills this position?
  • What skills are especially important for someone in this position?
  • Who would I report to?
  • What would be the nature of my relationship with my manager?
  • Describe how is the position reviewed.
  • Please describe the nature and makeup of the team with which I would be working.
  • What does the company value most and how do you think my work for you will further these values?


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